For many small and medium-sized printing companies, the 50 x 70 cm format is the ideal fit for their product range, especially for commercial and packaging print. Many packaging printers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics segment in particular use the 50 x 70 format, which offers benefits for small folding carton sizes and a high level of embellishments, as well as short runs. “Over 19,000 delivered Speedmaster CD 74, XL 75, and CX 75 printing units are evidence of the demand for this model series in this format,” said Heidelberg. This was reason enough for Heidelberg to now upgrade this platform with a modern, ergonomic design to enhance its user-friendliness. Delivery of the redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 and XL 75 is set to begin in September of this year.
Enhancement of the successful model series in the 50 x 70 format is ongoing, said the OEM. For example, the foundation for Heidelberg’s Push to Stop technology was laid at drupa 2016 with IntelliStart 2 user software. The Speedmaster CX 75 was presented one year later, optimally tailored to the needs of smaller printing companies in one-shift and two-shift operation because of its much smaller footprint combined with its high substrate flexibility. “We’ve seen how the topic of user ergonomics has increased in importance,” said Frank Süsser, Product Manager for the 50 x 70 format at Heidelberg AG. “Even though automation looks after many routine tasks today, the operator always has something to do on the machine, such as staging printing plates, adding ink, changing wash-up cloths and rubber blankets, or performing maintenance. The generous space between the printing units in the Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 is already useful, however we went a step further and modernized the entire gallery concept even more.”